"Black Belts and Ivory Towers: The Place of Race in U.S. Social Thought, 1892-1948"

Davarian Baldwin's article uses the University of Chicago as a case study to examine how foundational sociological thought influenced and was influenced by prevailing social norms about race. Baldwin argues that the Chicago School of Sociology's intellectual projects were not "disinterested" or "neutral," but largely informed how "Chicago’s Black residents theorized themselves, their neighborhoods and the larger world." Specifically, "“there has been a direct and dangerous racial line from ‘scientific’ theories of ‘disorder’ and ‘dysfunction,’ to ‘culture of poverty’ to ‘underclass.’" Baldwin's article offers a critical lens through which to view academic institutions and their relationship to surrounding communities.